Sue has been teaching calmbirth® pregnancy and birth preparation in Melbourne since 2005.  Workshops are inclusive of LGBTIQ+ couples.

*NEW* Mindfulness Based Pregnancy and Parenting Course early 2019 (see below)

Coming soon…….  ‘Bringing Baby Home’ workshops for couples  TBA

calmbirth® workshops, Brunswick

The calmbirth® philosophy is based on the belief that pregnancy, labour and birth are normal life events and that birth is a natural process.  The calmbirth® workshops draw on contemporary birth physiology and neuroscience giving couples a greater understanding of the birthing process whilst aiming to understand and reduce fear and anxiety.  With greater knowledge and understanding, women and their partners are able to feel confident to make informed decisions around their birth choices.

The workshops combine an understanding of the birthing process, the hormones of labour and birth and practical skills for managing pain, sensations and challenges of labour, that include breathing, relaxation and visualisation techniques, positioning and massage.  Life after birth and the transition to parenthood and the role of the partner/support is also emphasised.

The comprehensive course is complementary to all models of care – private or public, birth centre or home-birth and are not an alternative to the birthing choices you have already made. You will gain practical knowledge and skills whether this is your first or third baby, or hoping to achieve a vaginal birth after a previous caesarean (VBAC).  Refresher classes are also available for subsequent pregnancies if you’ve completed the original course.

Classes are held at My Midwives, Brunswick

Cost per couple – $550 (for the two days) which includes the booklet, downloads and refreshments.  ($150 non-refundable deposit to secure enrolment)

Weekend workshops run from 9am to approx 4.30pm over two days.



9th & 16th of December (fully booked…thank you)


6th & 13th of January (one space for a couple left!)

10th & 17th of February

24th & 31st of March

27th & 28th of April

16th & 23rd of June

14th & 21st of July

4th & 11th of August


Mindfulness Based Pregnancy and Parenting Course (MBCP)

Jotara Watson (Red Thread Midwifery) has extensive experience as a midwife, mother, bodyworker and mindfulness teacher.  Together Sue and Jotara combine their interests in the benefits of mindfulness for everyday life and a passion for preparing individuals and couples for pregnancy, birth and parenting, to offer this 9 week intensive course.
The Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting programme (MBCP) was adapted by midwife and mindfulness teacher Nancy Bardacke from the globally recognised Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme (MBSR) devised by Jon Kabat-Zinn.  MBCP was founded in 1998 by Nancy and is now taught worldwide.
In this skills based training program you will learn core mindfulness practices including yoga based moving meditation that increase confidence and decrease fear of childbirth.  You will learn how to tap into deep inner resources for working with pain and couples report improvements in couple communication, connection and cooperation, essential skills for birth support and parenting.  Mindfulness provides stress-reducing skills for greater joy and wellbeing.
Please contact Jotara by phone 0410205259 or email to register for this course.

This course will be held at Mana Health Practice, Preston

Coming early 2019 TBA 6-9pm, 10 weeks including a full day of meditation practice